After decades of producing hundreds of brown, mushy cards every year, 1992 Topps baseball cards jumped the company forward on the (ahem) backs of their new bright, creamy-white card stock.

Coupled with stellar photography, the Old Gum Company reasserted themselves as a force to be reckoned with as the hobby rocketed toward a new millennium.

Of course, everything back then was produced in quantities large enough to gag a Jurassic Park full of dinosaurs, so the cards have taken a hit in value over the years. As in, most aren’t worth much of anything these days, at least raw.

But if you step all the way up to graded cards in perfect PSA 10 condition? Well, then you’re talking about some hunks of cardboard that are still carry some financial heft.

With that in mind, here are the most valuable 1992 Topps baseball cards, as judged by recent PSA 10 selling prices on eBay, starting at the low end.

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1992 Topps Mike Mussina (#242)

1992 Topps Mike Mussina

Mussina turned in a sort of quietly excellent career — never really wowing anyone during any particular stretch, but producing top-of-the-rotation results for the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees for the better part of two decades.

For his trouble, Mussina was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2019, and his cards bumped up the value scale accordingly.

This early-career issue is a solid addition to any 1990s collection.

Value: $25-30

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1992 Topps Manny Ramirez Rookie Card (#156)

1992 Topps Manny Ramirez Rookie Card

For most of his career, Man-Ram was one of the most feared hitters in the game, and he became an absolute legend with both the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox. He even helped the latter club bust their curse and win the 2004 and 2007 World Series.

Then came PED troubles and lackadaisical play, and suddenly Manny-Being-Manny wasn’t so charming anymore. Consequently, Ramirez has had a lot of trouble with the Hall of Fame vote, especially for a guy with 555 career home runs and who looked like a Cooperstown lock once upon a time.

Still, this Draft Pick issue is Manny’s Topps rookie card, and it just may be the most colorful of all 1992 Topps baseball cards.

Value: $25-30

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1992 Topps Cal Ripken All-Star (#400)

1992 Topps Cal Ripken All-Star

Ripken was coming off perhaps is greatest all-around season in 1991, a shut-’em-up campaign that produced a .323 batting average, 34 home runs, 114 RBI … and Cal’s second American League MVP Award (the first came in 1983).

So, of course he was an All-Star yet again, and Topps commemorated the occasion with this classic looking card.

Value: $25-30

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1992 Topps Jim Thome Rookie Card (#768)

1992 Topps Jim Thome

The first Topps card of the future 600-home-run club member fittingly features him waiting to take his cuts in the cage, wearing a batting helmet, and smiling at someone off-camera.

It’s pretty much how we all remember the jovial slugger from his days with the Cleveland Indians and Philadelphia Phillies (and Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins and Baltimore Orioles) …

… right?

Yeah, and it’s also a popular early-career card.

Value: $25-30

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1992 Topps Top Prospects – Shortstops – Chipper Jones (#551)

1992 Topps Top Prospects - Shortstops - Chipper Jones

Sure, Chipper Jones crafted his Hall of Fame career as an All-Star third baseman, but he built his initial hype as a shortstop.

Heck, he even returned to the hole for the 2002 and 2003 seasons.

So it’s fitting that Larry’s first Topps Braves card (not really, but nominally) features him alongside such SS luminaries as Manny Alexander, Alex Arias, and Wil Cordero.

Value: $25-30

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1992 Topps Kirby Puckett (#785)

1992 Topps Kirby Puckett

Everybody and his brother loved Kirby Puckett’s infectious smile, and this card gives us a huge, nostalgic dose of it.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the picture shows Puckett as he looked during the Minnesota Twins’ run to a second championship in 1991 or that Puck is a Hall of Famer.

Value: $30-35

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1992 Topps Barry Bonds (#380)

1992 Topps Barry Bonds

This card should be a treat for everyone who can’t stand to look at the beefier Barry Bonds from the second half of his career, as it shows a younger, lither legend in his prime.

And, love him or hate him, Bonds still generates enough buzz to keep all his cards on “most valuable” lists like this one.

Value: $30-40

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1992 Topps Rickey Henderson (#2)

1992 Topps Rickey Henderson

Thanks to an MVP season in 1990 and knocking off Lou Brock’s career stolen base record in 1991, Rickey rocketed to the top of the hobby in the early years of the new decade, rubbing shoulders with Nolan Ryan on hot lists across the land.

This eye-catcher shows a prime-time Henderson muscling his way through a swing, no doubt on his way to a race around the bases.

Value: $30-40

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1992 Topps Ivan Rodriguez (#78)

1992 Topps Ivan Rodriguez

Rodriguez finished fourth in the 1989 American League Rookie of the Year voting, and auspicious MLB beginning for 19-year-old who played only 88 games for the Texas Rangers that summer.

Everyone figured there were much bigger things to come, and everyone was right … including Topps for slapping the golden All-Star Rookie on his 1992 base card.

Value: $30-40

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1992 Topps Cal Ripken (#40)

1992 Topps Cal Ripken

Before Iron Cal’s breakout summer in 1991, there were plenty of folks calling for him to take some days off in the name of saving his body and boosting his play.

Those deriders had not a leg to stand on once Rip ripped through A.L. pitching to the tune of 11.5 WAR at 30 years of age.

From there, Ripken set his sights on a date with Lou Gehrig, and Topps was savvy enough to capture that bit of symbolism.

Value: $35-40

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1992 Topps Rickey Henderson Record Breaker (#2)

1992 Topps Rickey Henderson Record Breaker

Ho hum, another year, another Rickey Henderson record breaker card.

Except, in 1992, the RB wasn’t ho-hum at all. Nope, it was the big one, the one we’d been waiting for all during the preceding decade. This was the card that celebrated the official arrival of King Rickey as the all-time stolen base leader.

Like the man himself, this one has plenty of fans.

Value: $35-40

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1992 Topps Ken Griffey Jr. (#50)

1992 topps ken griffey jr

You can decry the overproduction of 1990s cards all you want, but the companies truly did start taking some artistic liberties with their products.

Some of those really paid off, like this amazing horizontal shot of Griffey coming up after a dusty slide. Is this the most beautiful of all 1992 Topps baseball cards?

It sure has a case.

At any rate, it’s great stuff that can bring a few bucks (a few times over) in PSA 10 condition today.

Value: $40-50

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1992 Topps Kenny Lofton (#69)

1992 Topps Kenny Lofton

This isn’t technically a rookie card, seeing as how Lofton appeared on severaly issues in 1991. But it *is* his first base Topps card, and it does show him with the Astros, a marriage that happened so long ago you can almost see a Nolan Ryan sweat stain on the grass behind the speedster.

With Lofton’s status as one of the more notable Hall of Fame snubs in recent years (especially given the new “standards” set by some recent inductees), this already-getting-pricey card may have yet more room to grow.

Value: $40-50

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1992 Topps George Brett (#620)

1992 Topps George Brett

While collectors were pulling this card from wax packs through the 1992 season, Brett was busy putting the final touches on his run to 3000 hits.

When he passed the milestone late in the season, he only further cemented his future in the Hall of Fame and his status as a hobby legend … and his cards’ status as hobby legends.

Value: $45-50

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1992 Topps Nolan Ryan Record Breaker (#4)

1992 Topps Nolan Ryan Record Breaker

If there was anyone who could give Rickey Henderson a run (ha!) for his money when it came to setting records, it was Nolan Ryan.

Year after year, and sometimes start after start, the ageless wonder always seemed to be knocking down some poor defenseless mark that had stood for ages before he blew through.

On this particular card, the Ryan Express is blowing through another hitter’s hapless at-bat en route to securing his 22nd consecutive season with at least 100 strikeouts.

Value: $45-55

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1992 Topps Nolan Ryan (#1)

1992 Topps Nolan Ryan

There have been few hotter players, ever, in the game than the molten lava that was Nolan Ryan when he appeared on the first card of the 1992 Topps set.

Seven no-hitters and setting a new record seemingly every time you take the mound will do that for a fella.

As always, Ryan cardboard sits near the top, valuewise, of every set it’s in, and he takes all the marbles here. Heck, if you’re keeping score at home, old Nolan takes the top two slots among the most valuable 1992 Topps baseball cards!

Value: $50-60

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